Sitting at 1-2 and to facing the 3-0 Green Bay Packers on the road, the Philadelphia Eagles came out with a 34-27 win thanks to their quarterback Carson Wentz. He showed the world he was an elite quarterback against the Packers.
Without DeSean Jackson and a hobbled Alshon Jeffery, Wentz threw for only 160 yards, but his three passing touchdowns proved to be the difference in a much needed win for the Eagles. Most of Wentz damage happened in the second quarter after they were down 10-0.
Much Needed Touchdown Drives
In the second quarter, Wentz led the Eagles on three consecutive touchdown drives with two ending in touchdown passes (6-yard pass to Jeffery and 3-yard pass to Dallas Goedert).
Wentz added his third touchdown in the third quarter, completing a 20-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Howard. It was his seventh game since 2017 with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions, tying Tom Brady and Drew Brees for fifth most over that span. He may have more if it was not for the injuries the last two seasons.
Before Patrick Mahomes, Wentz looked to be the face of the league in terms of quarterbacks. In 2017, the Eagles were playing great football with Wentz at quarterback. He was the early frontrunner for MVP, but a week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams would be his last of the season.
Wentz led the Eagles to a 10-2 record going into the game, but his season would end after he tore his ACL after diving into the end zone (he stayed in the game to complete the 2-point conversion the next play). The Eagles kept on rolling without Wentz, going on to win Super Bowl 52 with Nick Foles at quarterback.
The following season, Wentz came back after missing the first two games. His season would be cut short again in week 14 due to a back injury. After not being able to finish two consecutive seasons, people had their doubts of Wentz ever getting back to form. Questions raised if he was the right quarterback for the Eagles moving forward.
In the 2019 offseason, the Eagles to a four-year extension worth $128 million, up to $144 million, with $66 million fully guaranteed at signing and $107.9 million in guarantees. It showed the Eagles still believed in Wentz as their quarterback. Wentz has rewarded the Eagles by being one of the best quarterbacks if not the best this season.
Through four games, Wentz has thrown for 963 yards, nine touchdowns (tied second in the NFL) and only two interceptions. His play so far has been incredible and has not gone unnoticed.
According to Pro Football Focus, Wentz is the highest graded quarterback in the NFL. He made their first quarter All-Pro team for the highest graded players at their position through four games.
At 2-2, Wentz needs to continue his great play to get the Eagles a chance to make the playoffs, but he is going to need his pass catchers to be more reliable. According to Louis Riddick, the Eagles receivers have 12 drops this season, the most by any team in the NFL so far.